Hot meals, helping hands pour in after Southeast twister

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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Bill Bumpas, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

AL tornado damage (2019)Alabama residents who survived a monstrous tornado that claimed more than 20 lives are starting to piece their lives together, and disaster ministries are coming alongside to help them recover.

Eight Days of Hope founder Steve Tybor tells OneNewsNow that equipment and hundreds of volunteers are heading to the scene, “and we plan to be there for multiple weeks.”

Lee County, Alabama was overwhelmed by the EF-4 twister, which smashed into homes and buildings with estimated 170-MPH winds.

In neighboring Georgia, where a billboard landed in a yard 20 miles from an Alabama highway, the counties of Grady, Harris, and Talbot were hit hard, Fox News reported.

Eight Days of Hope (logo)It is reported to be the worst tornado in the U.S. since 2013.

Sam Porter, who oversees Southern Baptist disaster relief for the North American Mission Board, tells OneNewsNow the ministry is working alongside the Salvation Army to provide meals to tornado victims and emergency workers at local churches of varying denominations.

“And that’s a great thing for people to come into a place of comfort,” he says, “a place they know that’s going to be calm. They can be safe.”

SBC-trained counselors and chaplains are also on hand to counsel tornado victims.

According to Tybor, Eight Days was already planning several trips in 2019 to continue rebuilding efforts in Florida and North Carolina after hurricanes Michael and Florence respectively.

“It's going to be a busy 2019,” he says. 

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